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My Trip and Observations On Las Vegas

In this desert area, when left to its own devices, the only greenery consists of scrub grass, much of it dried out.

The surrounding mountains have been shaped mostly by wind, not water.

The main trees that are grown here are palm trees and mountain pine.

Most houses are stucco sided and various shades of beige, tan, etc. Rather boring, and I wished someone would paint their trim purple or something just to break it up. (Don said it will not be their house!)

A few people plant grass. I don’t know why.

Most people put down plastic and cover it with stones. Sand-colored stones, of course. ;P

Plantings include palms, sage brush, and cacti.

I saw a roadrunner near Hoover Dam. :)

Hoover Dam. The white rocks show where the water level was for many years.

Hoover Dam from the back. I didn't get any from the front.

There were two tunnels built to divert the water while the dam was being built.

Don and Randy have named some of the regulars at their hummingbird feeders. There is one called George, named after George Jetson because he sounds like the Jetson’s vehicle when he flies. ;)

Don and Randy's pool

The high on Saturday was 112. And I’m sorry, but dry heat or not, 112 is still hot.

But dry is different. I made an effort to drink more and I had brought my heaviest winter creams and lotions, but I still felt like I would shrivel up like a raisin if I wasn’t careful.

We actually had a thunderstorm on Sunday. There was flash flooding and downed trees and power lines.

When it rains, because it’s so rare, the roads are extremely slippery with the buildup of oil and gas residue.

There are gambling machines everywhere, including the airport. They constantly chime their musical noises. Don (who has perfect pitch, as do I) noted that most machines are in the key of C, so there is this constant sound in the key of C everywhere you go. Without this, the clashing noises would likely drive people right out of the casinos.

Old Las Vegas is a pedestrian area with musicians and other artists and vendors. There is an arch of lights overhead that are choreographed to a song that plays on the hour. It makes Times Square in NYC look like a sideshow.

And there are costumers in the street, taking tips for having their picture taken with you. Maybe I’ll bring Galadriel next time… ;)

Fireworks on the 4th.

(BTW, these pictures were taken with my phone. It resized some pictures; others it left full-sized. I don't know why.)


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Jul. 11th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
Cool pictures; it looks like it was a good trip.

I think it would be a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live in a place so dry and hot.

So many lights! I wonder how much the electricity bills for those venues cost.
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
Electricity is very expensive there, too. All of the buildings were air conditioned with doors wide open, so the cool air drifted out onto the sidewalk. That's probably more expensive than the lights, especially since many lights are being replaced with LED's, which are very cheap to use compared to incandescents.
Jul. 11th, 2011 06:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome pics... I love the landscape. We have some similar badlands around here and I can never resist stopping to take pictures when I drive through.
Jul. 12th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
The roadrunner was the most awesome thing. I wasn't looking for that.
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Jul. 17th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Aww, sorry! I didn't mean to do that! But I hope you enjoyed the pictures anyway.
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Galadriel sketch

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